The UK Transport Secretary announced a rules change for learner drivers on motorways. Taking motorway driving instruction will be part of learning to drive a car from 2018.
LEARNER DRIVER RULES: Allowing the lessons for learner drivers on a motorway has one goal. It should help to ensure more drivers learn how to drive on motorways with safety.
It prepares them for a lifetime of safe driving by allowing learner drivers:
The old rules do not allow driving lessons on motorways until you pass the driving test. But, newly-qualified drivers can get motorway driving lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
The rule changes apply to England, Scotland, and Wales. Learner drivers on motorways will need to be:
Motorways lessons will be on a voluntary basis. The driving instructor will decide when a learner driver is ready to have a motorway lesson.
The change allowing motorway driving lessons only applies to learners who drive cars. Learning how to ride a motorcycle will not get included in the new rule changes.
Note: Motorway driving will not be part of the new driving test changes starting 4th of December 2017.
Advance notification will help driving instructors and learner drivers prepare. Publicising the rule change will also warn other road users of what to expect.
The UK government have not yet confirmed the exact date. But, it takes affect some time in 2018. There will also be an update to the Highway Code rules on motorways.
Note: It remains illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway until the law changes.
The rules are less restrictive for vehicle roof-top boxes during motorway lessons. Driving instructors can decide whether to keep their top box on the vehicle or not.
Most decisions should get based on the manufacturer instructions. But, the car must still display the traditional 'L' plates on the front and rear if you remove the roof-top box.
The DVSA will not provide extra training for driving instructors on motorway lessons. But they will update learning materials and the car driving syllabus. The updated version will incorporate the changes to motorway lessons.
Extra advice will come from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. They will be working with driving instructor associations and Highways England. Their aim is to provide extra instruction and guidance for driving instructors.
Note: The UK Highway Code is essential reading for all vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, and all other road users.
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